Troubled Karnataka BJP unit waits for Delhi intervention | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: A series of controversies in the past three months have put Karnataka BJP on the back foot, but the party brass in Delhi has not made any serious interventions yet. Many in the state unit believe the leadership should weigh in before Congress gains a crucial advantage in the long build-up to the next assembly elections.
BS Yediyurappa has been battling repeated criticism from senior BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, who has questioned the chief minister’s style of functioning and his son’s alleged interference in government affairs. Apart from a show-cause notice, Yatnal has not faced any disciplinary action in the party.
The sex CD case allegedly involving Ramesh Jarkiholi, who quit as the water resources minister last month, and rural development and panchayat raj minister KS Eshwarappa’s letter to the governor have compounded Yediyurappa and state BJP’s problems.
Earlier, the Yediyurappa camp brushed off allegations by saying that they were politically motivated. But Eshwarappa’s letter, which accuses Yediyurappa of “authoritarian interference” in the RDPR department, has given the impression that many in BJP are upset with the chief minister and are ready to voice concerns publicly.
A senior BJP functionary said that the high command had made a serious error by allowing the discord in Karnataka to grow, which could hurt the party in polls. “What is happening right now is a replay of the events in 2008 and 2013, when BJP led its first government in the state. The party virtually handed over power on a platter to Congress after a series of blunders,” he added.
Another functionary said the high command alone should not be blamed. “The state unit failed to end squabbles and keep everyone in line. I am not saying it should initiate action against Yediyurappa, but it should ensure a semblance of order,” the functionary said.
Some political analysts believe the BJP leadership is waiting for the right moment to make changes. “It’s unlikely that Eshwarappa decided on his own to submit a complaint. He must have the tacit consent of power centres. This is yet another challenge to Yediyurappa’s leadership. The chorus for leadership change is likely to get louder,” said Sandeep Shastri, a political scientist.

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